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RAIN to Host Mentor Mixer in Albany May 2

Launching and growing a startup company isn’t easy, but entrepreneurs don’t have to do it alone. On May 2, the Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network (RAIN) will host the Mentor Mixer, where local entrepreneurs can meet individuals and organizations that can help them start or scale their startup venture.

“The Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network has an experienced and dedicated network of mentors. These are people who have "been there, done that" and can help you increase your chances of success,” said RAIN executive director Marc Manley.

The Albany Mentor Mixer will be held on Tuesday, May 2, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Flinn Block Hall (222 First Avenue West, Albany). The event is free to attend. Food and beverages will be provided. RSVP at

In addition to an open-networking period, mentors will also be invited to “speed pitch” their experiences and expertise to the audience of entrepreneurs. 

“Every entrepreneur is familiar with the speed pitch: They’re on stage with a microphone, pitching their hopes, dreams and business. But at this event we’re going to flip the script: The entrepreneurs will get to sit back, relax and hear pitches from mentors who want to work with regional startups,” said RAIN venture catalyst Caroline Cummings.

RAIN’s local partners include the City of Albany, Linn-Benton Community College/SBDC, Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, Albany Downtown Association, Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator/RAIN Corvallis, Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments and Albany-Millersburg Economic Development Corp.

“In a typical networking setting, you may only have time for 2-3 substantial conversations — meaning a lot of people won’t have the opportunity to connect and learn how they can help each other. We’re excited to see how many more connections can be made through the “mentor pitch” portion of this program,” said Albany City Planner Anne Catlin.

About Oregon RAIN

The Regional Accelerator & Innovation Network (RAIN) is an Oregon consortium of government, higher education, and the business community. RAIN was founded by the State of Oregon’s Regional Solutions network and funded by the 77th Oregon State Legislative Assembly to advance the formation of high-growth innovative startup companies located in Lane, Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties.

In coordination with many cities and communities throughout the region, RAIN is partnered with two accelerators to create a collaborative environment to assist entrepreneurs in establishing viable companies that generate jobs, wealth and opportunities for the region. RAIN Corvallis is served by the Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator. The RAIN Eugene Accelerator is a partnership between the University of Oregon and the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information about RAIN, visit